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How to Get the Best Fuel Efficiency Out of Your Car
Improving the fuel efficiency of your car not only keeps more money in your pocket, but can help make the world a bit cleaner, too. If you want to drive more efficiently, here are a few tips to get your started.
Get your car serviced. If your car is not running well, odds are high it is wasting gas in a one way or another. If you get your car serviced regularly with oil changes and other routine maintenance, your car will stay running in peak condition helping to keep those fuel efficiency numbers high.
Keep your tires properly inflated. Underinflated tires can cost you as much as 25% of your fuel efficiency, and they are dangerous too. New vehicles are equipped with automatic tire pressure monitors to alert you when your tire pressure is low, so don’t hesitate in pumping them up when you get this alert.
Drive sensibly. Basically, don’t drive like a crazy person and don’t treat every stoplight like a drag race. Avoid rapid acceleration, braking, and speeding. These habits can cut into your efficiency by up to 33% on the highway. Not only will this help you save gas, but it will keep you and those around you safer, too.
Remove unnecessary items from your car. If you routinely keep your golf clubs in your trunk, it’ll cost you at the pump. An extra 100 pounds in your car can reduce your fuel economy by about 1%, which is like paying an extra 3 cents per gallon. Clean out your car and remove any excess junk and unnecessary items.
Stop idling. Idling your car is simply the most wasteful thing you could do in your car. It can use a quarter to a half gallon of gas every hour. If your air conditioning is turned on, this means you are wasting up to 3 cents per minute. Restarting your car only uses about 10 seconds worth of fuel.
Use cruise control. Take advantage of the technology available in your car and give your foot a rest. When on the highway, switch on your cruise control for a smooth and fuel efficient ride.
150 city/45 highway/47 combined mpg rating. Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors.
2Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
3Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.